Marty Burger is Chief Executive Officer of Silverstein Properties, Inc. He leads the company’s day-to-day activities, and focuses on its acquisition, development and financing efforts in the United States and abroad. Prior to joining Silverstein, Mr. Burger was President and Chief Executive Officer of Artisan Real Estate Ventures, a company he founded in 2006. Prior to Artisan, Mr. Burger spent 15 years at Related, including serving as President of Related Las Vegas and Executive Vice President of The Related Companies, L.P. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Burger was a Vice President at The Blackstone Group working on acquisitions for its first three real estate opportunity funds. From 1993 to 1994, he worked for Goldman Sachs’ Whitehall Real Estate funds, also on the acquisition side. Prior to that, Mr. Burger spent five years
at The Related Companies where he was a Vice President of Development and Acquisitions.
Mr. Burger received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Trustee and a Governor of the Urban Land Institute, a member of the Executive Committee of the Americas, the
former Chairman of his Urban Development Mixed-Use Council nationally, and is the current Chairman of the New York District Council. Mr. Burger is on the Executive Committee of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and is an active member of the Real Estate Roundtable in Washington, DC. Mr. Burger is also on the Directors’ Advisory Council and the New York City Mortgage Committee of the M&T Bank.
Mr. Burger is involved with Habitat for Humanity in Westchester with his sons, helping to create quality housing for those in need. He is a board member of The Catalog for Giving, a charitable organization providing funds to multiple programs benefiting underprivileged inner city children. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Battery Conservancy. In addition, Mr. Burger helps oversee the activities of the Downtown Division of the UJA Federation.
Robert C. Lieber is the Executive Managing Director of the Island Capital Group and the former Deputy Mayor for Economic Development in the administration of New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. As a longtime ULI leader, Mr. Lieber has been actively involved with the organization since 1992 and is a Trustee, a member of the Board of Directors for ULI and a Governor of the ULI Foundation, the philanthropic extension of ULI that supports the Institute’s program of work. Prior to joining Island Capital Group in 2010 and the Bloomberg administration in January 2007, Mr. Lieber held executive positions at Lehman Brothers for 23 years, including the Global Head of Real Estate Investment Banking. Mr. Lieber holds a BA from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Dale Todd is currently a Vice President at J.P. Morgan Asset Management Global Real Assets. Since joining the firm in 2007 he has worked in the group’s portfolio valuations and asset management teams, where his current responsibilities include management of office and industrial assets in throughout the U.S., as well as valuation oversight of maritime assets. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Dale was a commercial real estate appraiser with Samuel D. Koon & Associates of Columbus, Ohio. Dale holds a B.S. in Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University and a M.S. in the Real Estate Finance from the New York University. He also holds the Certified Financial Analyst® designation and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Dale is a member of Urban Land Institute New York, where he sits on the District Council Management Committee, and is also the President of Jamaica Impact, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on the development of early childhood education in the nation of Jamaica.
Jenni Luthman is a senior manager in Ernst & Young’s (EY) New York Real Estate practice. Jenni has over 14 years of public accounting experience and has spent the past thirteen years at EY, including almost nine years in Atlanta and four years with the New York practice. Ms. Luthman has been involved in audits of different types of real estate entities, including public REITs, opportunity funds and private joint ventures. Ms. Luthman is co-chair of the New York Real Estate practice’s Professional Women’s Network and has been involved in the presentation of real estate training courses at EY. Ms. Luthman earned a BS in Accounting from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Jenni is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and Georgia.
Meg Blakey is currently a Partner at Rhodes Associates. She is also the Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Canopy Investment Advisors LLC, an SEC registered investment manager with a focus on commercial real estate debt investments. As of December, 2012, Canopy had over $300 million in assets under management. Ms. Blakey has over twenty five years’ experience in commercial real estate lending and debt capital markets. Prior to founding Canopy, Ms. Blakey served as Managing Director at Urdang Capital Management, a subsidiary of BNY Mellon Asset Management. Ms. Blakey was also Managing Director of Capmark Investments LP and served as a Key Principal and Portfolio Manager for commercial real estate debt funds. Previously, Ms. Blakey served as Managing Director with Commercial Ventures, a commercial real estate finance subsidiary of GMAC Commercial Mortgage. Previously, Ms. Blakey was a Vice President in the Real Estate Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. Prior thereto, Ms. Blakey was a Director in Fixed Income at Credit Suisse First Boston, and a Vice President with Eastdil Realty in New York. Ms. Blakey earned a BA in English from Dartmouth College and a MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a member of The Urban Land Institute, WX, and serves on the Advisory Boards for The Trust for Public Land, and FINCA International.
Alice Connell is the Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Bay Hollow Associates, LLC, a commercial real estate advisory firm that provides strategic advice with respect to a range of commercial real estate issues: portfolio analysis, asset repositioning, strategic alternatives, debt restructuring, risk mitigation, value retention/recovery, recapitalization and strategic partnering. Over the course of a 30+ year career at TIAA-CREF (“T-C”), Ms. Connell held a series of senior positions in both the commercial mortgage lending and real estate equity investing areas. She has served as a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and is a current member of its Audit Committee as well as an Executive Committee member of its Women’s Leadership Initiative, a Member of the Real Estate Advisory Committee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, a member of the Investment Committee of Quilvest REP, and a Member of the Advisory Boards of both Parmenter Realty Partners and Park Madison Partners.
Gretchen Krueger is a student in Columbia University’s Master of Science in Real Estate Development (MSRED) program. Prior to joining the MSRED program, Gretchen Krueger spent four years working at the international architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), where she played a key role in marketing and new business development in New York and London. Gretchen completed her undergraduate studies in History of Art and Architecture at Harvard where she focused on history and theory of architecture and urbanism. In addition to her activities with the Urban Land Institute, Gretchen is an active member of the Municipal Arts Society, a volunteer with America Needs You and a Young Fellow of the Forum + Institute for Urban Design.
Peter Liebowitz, AICP, is head of AKRF’s Planning group within the New York City office. Mr. Liebowitz has more than 25 years of experience working on planning, economic development, and environmental analyses. His practice involves a wide range of assignments, including directing and managing environmental impact statements for large-scale development projects, economic and market analyses for public and private investments (including Moynihan Station and the American Airlines terminal at JFK International Airport), and a wide range of development and planning services, including planning and zoning reviews, expert testimony, and economic development initiatives for municipalities and counties throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. Mr. Liebowitz is a full member of the Urban Land Institute and serves in leadership roles on both the national and district council levels. Mr. Liebowitz has an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree in urban planning from Columbia University in New York and attended Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Empire State Development
Lauren Racusin advances New York State’s economic development initiatives at Empire State Development. She structures and negotiates the State’s discretionary incentives to induce business expansion, retention, and attraction projects in New York City that are in concert with the State’s long-term strategic goals. Lauren previously worked at the Hudson Square Connection (HSC), a Business Improvement District, on urban planning and capital projects. She was responsible for the creation and execution of HSC’s $27 million streetscape improvement plan via an innovative public-private partnership. After graduating in Urban Planning and Historic Preservation from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP), Lauren was awarded the Percival and Naomi Goodman Fellowship through which she developed an architecture and planning project in Yangon, Myanmar. Lauren completed her undergraduate work at Princeton University. Her thesis, “Exploring Holocaust Memorials in Berlin and the Geographies of Urban Memory”, earned the highest thesis prize in her department.
Mr. Sigman is an Executive Vice President and Principal of LCOR and a member of the company’s Executive Committee, with responsibility for originating, developing and managing mixed-use and office projects, including many of LCOR’s transportation-oriented developments, in the New York region. Mr. Sigman joined LCOR in 1994. Since then, he directed the redevelopment of Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, a $1.4-billion facility representing the largest airport terminal ever developed as a result of a public/private partnership. Previously, Mr. Sigman was associated with Washington, D.C. developer Hoskinson & Davis; he served the firm from 1985 through 1988 as its first commercial real estate project manager responsible for the development of various office and industrial projects in Northern Virginia. Mr. Sigman received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Princeton University.
Hara Sherman negotiates public-private real estate transactions, often involving government subsidy and tax credits (LIHTC, HTC, NMTC, TIF, CDBG). Hara counsels city agencies, developers and banks on a broad range of economic development and affordable housing transactions, from repositioning underutilized city-owned property in New York City and DC to innovative structures for new federal subsidies. Previously, Hara clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She is the Secretary of Civic Consulting USA and co-chair of the Yale Alumni Real Estate Association, and serves on the Management Committee of Urban Land Institute New York. Hara regularly speaks at industry conferences on affordable housing and economic development. Hara is a Director at the firm and is co-chair of the firm’s Multifamily Housing group.